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Losing someone or something you care about is painful. And grief always follows. It’s a normal process, with both physical and emotional signs. But even with major life changes, such as the loss of a spouse or parent, you can face the loss and move on.
Everyone feels a major loss at some point in life. These are just some of the types of loss you might be facing:
The death of a family member or friend
Health issues such as a permanent injury, chronic illness, or aging
A breakup, separation, or divorce
The loss of a job, a change in income, or other life changes.
Loss leaves a “hole” in your life where what you lost used to be. The loss can affect the way you see yourself. Your daily routine changes if you have lost a partner, child, or parent. Your self-image may change if you are no longer healthy. After a divorce, you may need to think about life on your own.
Grief isn’t just about sadness. It may make you experience a range of intense feelings. In fact, grief is sometimes described as having five stages. They are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. You can shift from one stage to another in any order. So from moment to moment, you may:
Not want to believe the loss is real.
Feel annoyed or outright angry.
Think you could have done something to stop the loss.
Have sad moods and feel hopeless.
Accept that the loss is real and that you can cope.